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April 13, 2020                  Calgary Herald: Blue Light Festival fills social media with playful, interactive experiences... 

April 1, 2020                    CBC News: The show must go on - albeit online - for Calgary theatre company's Blue Light Festival...

Dec 26, 2019                   Calgary Herald: Standing Ovation for 2019 Theatre - Top 12 Outstanding Theatre Productions of 2019...  

Dec 3, 2019.                    Box Five, NYC: REVIEW - Nylon Fusion's 'The Listening Room' is a thrilling dystopian drama...

Dec 2, 2019                     NYC Culture Catch: REVIEW - Can Anyone Hear Me?

Nov 24, 2019                  Montreal Rampage: REVIEW - Persephone Bound

Nov 8, 2019                    Montreal Gazette: PREVIEW - Myth, MeToo and Movement int the circus-themed Persephone Bound...

Nov 6, 2019.                   Westmount Magazine: PREVIEW - A Greek myth reimagined...

Nov 6, 2019                    Broadway World: PREVIEW - Persephone Bound blends theatre and circus to talk about consent...

Nov 5, 2019                    Saskatoon Star Phoenix: REVIEW - WROL (Without Rule of Law) captures a generation's frustration...

Nov 4, 2019                    Broadway World: Nylon Fusion will present the NYC premiere of Michaela Jeffery's The Listening Room

June 20, 2019                  Alberta Playwrights Network Announces 2019 Playwriting Competition Shortlist...

April 29, 2019                 Sudbury Star: Playsmelter Highlights Female Voices...

April 23, 2019                 Calgary Herald: REVIEW - **** Wolf On The Ringstrasse No Tame Piece of Local Theatre...

April 13, 2019                 Calgary Herald: PREVIEW - Wolf On The Ringstrasse latest tourtured soul for local actor...

March 19, 2019               Livewire Calgary: Embattled Calgary play finds Premiere home in Saskatoon's Persephone Theatre...

March 18, 2019               Saskatoon Star Phoenix: Shoplifting, Santa and Social change: New Season at Persephone Theatre...

Dec 27, 2018                  Calgary Herald: The Top Innovative Calgary Theatre Shows in 2018...

June 5, 2018                   The Northumberland News: REVIEW - An Evening of One-Acts From the Northumberland Players...

Jan 21, 2018                  12th Night Edmonton: REVIEW - The Sounds of Revolution: The Listening Room...

Jan 20, 2018                  The Vue Weekly (Edmonton): REVIEW - The Listening Room...

Jan 19, 2018                  12th Night Edmonton: PREVIEW - Across The Universe: Salvaging sounds of the past in The Listening Room...

Jan 15, 2018                  The Vue Weekly (Edmonton): PREVIEW - Is Anybody Out There?

Jan 10, 2017                  Broadway World: Sanguine Theatre (NYC) Announces Annual Project Playwright Festival...

Sept 15, 2016                Playwrights Guild of Canada Announces 2016 Tom Hendry Award Short Lists...

April 21, 2016               The Ottawa Citizen: OLT Playwriting Contest Celebrates 75 Years...             

Oct 28, 2014                 National Theatre School of Canada: Playwriting student Michaela Jeffery wins Emerging Playwright Award...

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PRAISE FOR ‘WOLF ON THE RINGSTRASSE'


“…a bold, powerful script… brought to life with shattering intensity…”

-  The Calgary Herald (December 26, 2019)

 

"                   ...starting with Michaela Jeffery's compelling script, Spirit Fire Theatre's premiere of Wolf on the Ringstrasse is a triumph..."

-  The Calgary Herald (April 19, 2019)

"A gorgeous historical play of epic depth and beauty. If Chekhov wrote Amadeus about Hugo Wolf, it would have felt like this. The dialog and story are so rich and complex, my brain chewed on them like a Michelin star five-course meal."

 - Kate Danley, USA TODAY Best Selling Author of The Woodcutter

 

PRAISE FOR ‘PERSEPHONE BOUND’

 

“Highly impressive… a sharp, shock of a show…”
- Montreal Gazette

A soaring retelling… told with grace, inventiveness and hope.” 

- Cult MTL

PRAISE FOR THE LISTENING ROOM’

 

“…inspired, unique in concept, deeply engaging… a stunning idea.”

 - Showtones, New York City, NY

“…a high stakes, edge-of-my-seat, thrilling yet somehow poetic dystopian drama [with] characters who seem to come fresh off the pages of a masterfully written YA dystopian novel…”

 - Erin Kahn, Stage Buddy & Box Five Reviews, New York City, NY

The Listening Room explores the weaponization of information, history, narrative, and memory alongside the potentiality of dissent, resistance, and revolution, resonating, as much good speculative fiction does, both with and beyond our present moment. [...] In the play, stories are records of the past that can point the way to the future, and what we listen for and how we interpret and (re)present what we hear determines what kind of future that will be. The Listening Room itself is one such story, and it is well worth lending it your ears (and eyes).”

- Leah Richard, Culture Catch, New York City, NY

 “… a speculation, and a knowing one at that, about the inevitable nature of government, of revolution and revolutionaries, of youthful radicalism and radicals… there’s no doubting the heat of the Cardiac production. It listens intently for sounds of youthful anger in the world, and connects to a revolutionary cycle that rolls on through time.” 

- Liz  Nicholls, 12th Night Review, Edmonton, AB

"... fiery performances… The evolution—and implied apocalyptic destruction—of tech plays a subtle role in the set design that makes one question our heavy reliance on digital technology today.”

 – Vue Weekly Review (Edmonton, AB)

PRAISE FOR WROL (WITHOUT RULE OF LAW)

 

The play bills itself as a darkly comic coming-of-age story for our complicated times. Understatements. [...] [The anger of these young women] comes from a place of compassion — for each other, for the planet and even for Robbie — which we understand by the time the lights go up. It’s not easy to tackle that and make us laugh, too, but this team pulls it off.”

- Liam Richards, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix

PRAISE FOR WROL (WITHOUT RULE OF LAW) ON SOCIAL MEDIA

 

“This is a play which masterfully threads the needle through a series of tonal shifts so audacious I scarcely noticed the time go by. From tears of laughter to tears of tragedy, the audience was brought by gut punches and gut busters to emotional peaks the likes of which aren’t commonly seen on or off stage. To say that this play MATTERS is to undersell both the incredible talent behind it and the importance of the message at its core.”

“There are plays that are amazing. There are plays that are funny. Then there are plays that are not only amazing and funny but also need to be seen. WROL is a play that needs to be seen.”

 

“The angry young women of Michaela Jeffery’s WROL (Without Rule of Law) are the heroes we need.”

“Congrats to @TouchstoneInVan for supporting the work of a bold new playwright with a beautifully rendered reading of WROL by Michaela Jeffery…”

“So happy we got the chance to hear WROL by the fantastic Michaela Jeffery. Such a tremendous play…”

“…the WROL reading was AMAZING tonight. Incredibly funny and heartfelt and a punch in the face at the end. Huge congrats to Michaela Jeffery and her whole team.”

 “Wow! WROL (Without Rule of Law) by Michaela Jeffery: Thoughtful, provocative, heartbreaking and hilarious.”

 “…what a fun, complex and poignant ride…”

“24 hours later and I’m still thinking about how beautiful, funny and emotional Michaela’s writing is…”

“Fan-fucking-tastic job to the cast and crew of WROL on your staged reading tonight, and especially huge congratualtions to Michaela Jeffery who wrote such a strong, hilarious & touching script.”

“Still digesting last night’s reading of WROL by Michaela Jeffery. This hilarious, intelligent and moving piece of theatre spoke to my inner child, outer adult, feminist heart and art loving soul. We laughed and cried out loud. ”

“This was astounding. I cried. We all cried. “

PRAISE FOR ‘SUNDOGS’

 

"                  ...It's always a treat to see a playwright capable of using a one-act's minimal stage time to find complexity. Michaela Jeffery's script is a tightly constructed prairie drama that manages to weave connections between its three characters while telling a story that speaks to the lonliness of small town isolation. Holly Cinnamon is magnetic as the troubled Aster, and the entire production is every inch the eerie prairie gothic it aims to be."
 - Jeff Kubik, Independent (Edmonton, AB)

 

"This play had the most convincing and horrifying example of the consequences of living surrounded by clutter and hoarded possessions that I have ever heard or read..."
 - Ephemeral Pleasures Review (Edmonton, AB)